Miners headed to state
By Jarann Johnson
Josh Remmick must have had trouble sleeping last Thursday. The junior pitcher only lasted 3 and 2/3 innings before having to be pulled in the championship game.
Remmick gave up six earned runs in the Miners’ 10-run, 6-inning loss to Kidder County. But on Friday afternoon, Remmick made up for his off day with a whistling one-hopper to home plate in the bottom of the seventh.
Remmick’s throw saved the day, reaching catcher junior Hayden Norton in time to tag out the tying run and push the Miners into the state tournament. With Remmick being about 6-foot-3 and 200 plus pounds, lifting him in the air seemed like a tough task. Instead, Remmick’s teammates mobbed him – giving him hugs, high-fives, and car-wide smiles.
Before the big smiles could emerge, the seventh inning started with nervous expressions and thoughts of “oh no,” because Kidder had already had a seventh inning rally to beat someone in an elimination game in the tournament.
Miners’ Head Coach Bob Koch talked about his thoughts as the seventh inning started.
“[I was] a little nervous, especially when Mikey (Morris) starts out by walking two guys. But then he made a nice pitch, got a pop up, we had to go a long way to get to it, but then he seemed to gain control a lot better to where he was down in the zone from there. I thought he was OK, thought he looked good – they picked up the run, we cut the guy at second base. It didn’t matter the ground ball to second – the guy scores but the guy at second doesn’t move, so that ends up being a big play,” Koch said.
Koch went on to classify the decision by Kidder not to advance as a mistake, and clarified why he felt like it was such a big misjudged decision by Kidder.
“We talked about how many mistakes there were and that was the final mistake. Because him staying at second base – you look at the scoreboard, five errors by us, three errors by them. We talked earlier, not a very clean game. The fans came to see a good game. I’m thinking they saw a dirty game, but it was exciting and how does it end? It ends with the perfect defensive play,” Koch said.